What to Do With Your New Spare Room

Looking for spare room ideas? If you now have an empty bedroom, learn how you can repurpose it and make some money in the process.

A spare room is always handy. It can be used when family and friends spend the night, as an office area when working from home and as a storage space. But if your kids have recently gone to university, there’s no better time than now to turn their old room - and your new spare room - to good use.

What’s more, you don’t even need to completely change the space from being a bedroom, so they can still make use of it when they come back for visits (or laundry). But whenever they’re not around, you sure can earn extra income by letting others use it for storage. Check us out in The Times to find out how much money you could make by renting out your spare room. 

There are plenty of spare room ideas, so you can get super creative, letting you have a space that’s fresh and useful to everyone in the home. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

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Fun Spare Room Ideas

So, you’ve got an empty bedroom. Now it’s time for some ideas on what to do with that space…

1. Use your spare room for storage

If your teen has gone to university, it might be tempting to give their bedroom a complete makeover. But they’ll no doubt come back home on the odd weekend expecting to see their bedroom in the same shape they left it. Luckily, there is a way to keep the room as it is but still make use of it while it’s unoccupied.

All you need to do is rent out your spare room with Stashbee. This will allow you to connect with people who are in need of a storage space, and earn some extra cash in the process. Renters can use your spare room to store their things and you’ll get monthly income from it. It’s simple, easy, and a total win-win!


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2. Turn it into a guest room

With your child moving out, you’re free to do what you want with their bedroom - and one of the best ways to put that newly unoccupied space to use is to turn it into a guest room. When family and friends visit, they can comfortably stay the night, and it gives you the chance to have some fun redecorating if you feel like it. In the meantime, you can find somewhere nearby to store your kid’s things whilst they’ve moved out.

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3. Transform it into an office space

Since the onset of the pandemic, more and more people have been working from home. If you’re one of them, and you’re sick of working from your dining room table, you’d be forgiven for jumping at the chance to put together your own dedicated workspace.


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Home Office With Desk And Chairs

And there are plenty of spare room office ideas to go around. For starters, if you still want to keep the space as a functioning bedroom, you can simply add some office furniture to the existing decor. Buy a desk and chair, get the feng shui just right and you’ll have a harmonious office where you’ll be excited to spend the working day.

4. Make it your ultimate man cave

Calling all dads! If you’ve ever wondered what to do with a spare room, there’s probably one answer which immediately came to mind: Turn it into a man cave!

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Create the perfect place to unwind after a long, hard day at work. Get it kitted out with a big screen, your games console of choice and a comfortable armchair. Maybe even invest in a mini fridge to stock some cold drinks and beers. And if you’ve got a bigger space, you could even consider a pool table or table football - all that matters is that you’ve got somewhere that you and all your mates will want to hang out in.

5. Get in shape with a dedicated fitness room

Another popular spare room idea is turning your vacant space into a fitness room. Since we’ve been spending more time at home than ever before, some of us have been trying to find new and innovative ways to get fit. It’s always easier if you have a specific place in mind to set up a home gym, as you can store all of your equipment in there and work out around your own schedule.


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There you go! A few great and simple spare room ideas to put to use when the kids move out. And who knew that an empty bedroom equaled a fantastic opportunity to earn extra money? Not only that, but you’ll have the freedom to repurpose your space to suit the needs for the current household while the kids are away.

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Updated 18th Apr 2023

Written 29th Sep 2021